Classes at Momentum are regularly changing as the island’s visitors and teachers are temporary travelers. Please see our weekly schedule below. Notice we are taking a break from November to January. We can’t wait to welcome you again! New year! New us! New you!
Foundation class is an introduction into the process of building the primal physique. We are creating the perfect machinery that can endure and excel even in the most demanding and difficult movement arts. We use a variety of tools to create a smart, strong and resilient body by focusing on resolving mobility issues, eliminating injuries, building raw organic strength, working on coordination and difficult movement patterns, bulletproofing critical joints, interacting with another body and engaging in play.
We draw from disciplines that contain a lot of complex movements patterns like gymnastics, dance, martial arts, grappling, yoga, capoeira, animal locomotion and create our own unique practice. Foundation class is for everyone. No matter your current skills or capabilities. It’s the first building block in the Momentum training process. Here we are building the body and learning about the user manual of our own machinery.
Monday: Ground Mechanics
Focus on: Floor communication: rolling, sliding, tumbling. Spinal drive. Low gait and crawling.
Tuesday: Lower Body Health
Focus on: Mobilizing hip ranges. Creating resilience in ankles, knees, hips. Restoring foot health. Building strong and durable legs.
Wednesday: Support Mechanics
Focus on: Inversions and Hand balancing. Locomotion and Quadrupedalling. Understanding Shoulder and Hip support
Thursday: Upper Body Health
Focus on: Mobilizing shoulder ranges. Creating resilience in shoulders, elbows, wrists. Restoring hand health. Building strong and durable arms.
Friday: Traction Mechanics
Focus on: Climbing Mechanics. Hanging and Brachiation. Developing Grip.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Martial Art System with the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, ground fighting, and then applying joint locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. The beauty of BJJ lies in it’s application of physical laws of weight distribution and leverage empowering small and weak people to defeat bigger and stronger opponents. Regarded as human chess its possibilities to use the body and movement patterns is endless. A true discipline where physical intelligence, strength, mobility, awareness, sensitivity, emotional stability and determination is developed. The fighter will use every limb of his body to solve the problem he’s presented with. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body, benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, extraordinary physical intelligence, self-knowledge of their own body and mind and its social benefits.
Life is not a physical challenge anymore. Survival was connected to movement effort and was all the exercise we ever needed. The comfort of modern life is allowing our bodies to slowly deteriorate. We live in a body and to truly thrive as human beings we need our vehicle to be resilient and capable. We live under the constant influence of the gravitational field of the earth. The gravity always acts in one direction – from top to bottom. Through inactivity and our sedentary lifestyle our bodies are degenerating under the pressure of constant gravity.
The good news is that we can easily counter the destructive effect of gravity on the body. To be physically strong enough means to respond and resist the force of gravity and not fatigue under it’s pressure. Alpha Gravity is for everyone. No matter your current abilities or problems, the degree of intensity can be adapted to serve each and everyone’s needs weather flexibility, strength, rehabilitation, relaxation or coordination.
Dance Playfight for Women
Our Play Fight Circle invites all women (only) to come play, fight and dance along in our little paradise.
Our intention is to guide you safely through a holistic journey, where all parts of ourselves feel welcome. This will help us explore and deepen our awareness of our body language, our relationship with power and our own animal instinct to dance. This class is all about connection with yourself, the other and nature. By playing and dancing you meet yourself and your partner and you immerse fully in your surroundings. It’s done with full conscience and no violence is used. The Only Rules is “I don’t hurt myself and I don’t hurt others”
Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. Contact Improvisation is an honoring of every moment. There is a sweet surrendering that happens when our bodies stay faithful to what is happening now. One learns to recognize and differentiate subtle impulses in our movement choices and our partner’s choices. We begin to decipher the cues that we give and receive which tell us when to lead or follow, when to go up, when to go down, where to touch, how to lift, when to slow down, and when to be still. In this form one learns to stay in integrity with each choice, never forcing, never rushing. When Body, Mind, and Spirit are united in their instinctive wisdom one finds ones-self at home in every moment expressing ones true nature.